FAO Liaison Office with the Russian Federation

FAO and Russian Fishery Agency: Fishing Together!

Photo: ©FAO/Vladimir Mikheev


Within the framework of the IV Fisheries Forum in St. Petersburg, Mr Vladimir Rakhmanin, Deputy Director General of FAO, Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia, met with Mr Ilya Shestakov, the Head of the Federal Agency for Fishery (Rosrybolovstvo).

The conversation was also attended by Mr Oleg Kobiakov, Director of the Moscow Office of FAO, and Mr Sergey Simakov, Head of the Department of International Cooperation of Rosrybolovstvo.

“Russia is a major fishing power. FAO is interested in continuing close cooperation with Rosrybolovstvo and appreciates our growing partnership,” Mr Vladimir Rakhmanin outlined the initial positions before singling out lucrative areas of cooperation in the near future. 

FAO welcomes the strengthening of partnership with the Russian Federation to render support to the existing system of RFMOs (regional fisheries management organizations), especially those in our region, noted Mr Rakhmanin. This category of organizations includes the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), the Central Asian and Caucasus Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Commission (CACFish) and the European Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Advisory Commission (EIFAAC). 

“FAO invites the Federal Agency for Fishery to consider the possibility of holding the next session of the FAO Subcommittee on Fish Trade (PC-TR) in Russia, which is due to be held in 2023,” said FAO Deputy Director General. “Russia already has a successful experience of holding a session of another flagship body – the Subcommittee on Aquaculture (St. Petersburg, 2014)”. 

The FAO Subcommittee on Fish Trade session would provide a detailed outline of the situation in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Russia, including investment opportunities and trade prospects. Taken together, this will provide an opportunity “to highlight Russia’s leadership and coordinating role in the region in relation to fisheries management, fish stocks conservation, trade development and combating IUU fishing.”  

“Russia’s active participation in the work of such institutions strengthens its influence in the global fishing industry,” stressed Vladimir Rakhmanin. The FAO Subcommittee on Fish Trade session could be held concurrently with the annual Fisheries Forum. 

FAO is grateful to Russia for its dynamic and consistent fight against illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, and it will be useful to extend the positive experience of Russia to other countries,” Mr Rakhmanin noted and called on to work out the issue of Russian participation in the corresponding donor fund of the FAO.  

In conclusion, FAO Deputy Director General handed over to the head of Rosrybolovstvo the latest publications of FAO, including an abstract of the report of VNIRO devoted to “Inland water bodies of the Russian Federation, their status and potential as a supplier of food and a source of employment for the population.”  

In response, Mr Ilya Shestakov said that Rosrybolovstvo “is bound to set up an international section within Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO)” and is determined to expand cooperation with FAO in the fishery sector.